THE BIG REVIEW!

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” – Albert Einstein So the last couple days have been extra exciting! As I may have mentioned before, the MCR-LTER is a site that is part of a larger LTER (Long-Term…

Back in the water!

Well, I have been out for the last couple days! On Saturday I got the go ahead from Keith to gear up and head out to dive. Yay! It was so exciting to go back out and explore more of the island. I went out with Jessica, one of the MCR lab techs who is…

Maramus and Happy Fourth of July!

So I’ve learned quickly here that every day is filled with its own surprises. Waking up yesterday to the sound of the waves crashing gently on the shore and the bright sun rising up from the mountains, the promise of a bright beautiful day seemed evident. Or so we all thought. Around noon, the winds…

Moorea Moana – The Tahitian Sea

Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing how others do things differently, what we believed to the right and only way. – Ralph Crawshaw *** Firstly, I will say that before coming to Moorea, I…

La Ora Na to my summer life

Welcome to Gump Station! (La Ora Na – Hello!) My favorite view from the hammock : ) The dorms and our little beach front on the bay. Right in front of the station is a reef we call Gump Reef. After work, sometimes we hop in the water and go for a snorkel around the…

Gump Station, Research Heaven

So in Moorea, there is only one road. And it circles the entire island. It didn’t take too long to get to the Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station. Once we got to the station, we were greeted with wagging tails by the station dogs, Chicken and Guinness. After getting settled into our rooms…

Maeva (Welcome) from French Polynesia

It was a very warm, crystal-clear blue water welcome from Moorea as we arrived by ferry from Tahiti on Friday morning. We ended up spending the first night at a hotel in Papeete, the largest city and capital of French Polynesia. From the ferry port, we could see the looming mountains of Moorea, often called the…